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Cooperation between scientists and local stakeholders on building models requires scientists to listen to lay objections. This paper develops a typology of objections based on discourse analysis of a participatory modeling exercise examining causes and potential solutions to flooding in a Midwest watershed. Four principle objections are examined, together with ways scientists can address them.

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Objecting to Models: A Typology of Non-experts’ Critiques of Models of Human-Natural Systems

Cooperation between scientists and local stakeholders on building models requires scientists to listen to lay objections. This paper develops a typology of objections based on discourse analysis of a participatory modeling exercise examining causes and potential solutions to flooding in a Midwest watershed. Four principle objections are examined, together with ways scientists can address them.

 

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